3PL Value Creation

by Martijn Graat on October 20, 2014

3PLValueCreation14_150x150Armstrong & Associates are presenting an event this month in the University Center Conference in Chicago, and we are proud to be Media Partner. If you want to increase your knowledge on creating value within 3PL organizations, then this is the place to be October 28-30.

The first day will consist of an Executive Briefing on 3PL Finance and Investment. I can try to describe the content myself, but have chosen to quote the organizers here: [click to continue…]

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The Autonomous Trucking Caravan

by Martijn Graat on October 20, 2014

space truckThe concept of self driving cars is not new. Various companies have been testing and perfecting the concept in the past years. While the concepts are getting better, there has not yet been one that has been fully approved for use in any country. Yet.

Now it seems Audi is taking it to a new level. This weekend it has let an Audi RS 7 race on the Hockenheim circuit, not piloted by a professional racing driver, but by a computer, driving at the physical limit of the vehicle. I’ve looked up a video on YouTube with the highlights: [click to continue…]

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150-150 Health EUThis year marks the 5th year that the eft Life Science Supply Chain Summit is held in Europe. The event is held in Amsterdam at the Mercure Hotel, and the dates to block in your calendar are December 3 and 4. The tagline for this year is “Adapt to Regulation Change & Manage Increasing Costs in Your Life Sciences Supply Chain”. Not mentioned in there is “New Industry Trends”. [click to continue…]

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Logistics Market Snapshot – September Edition

by Martijn Graat on September 17, 2014

GEORGIA125Each month the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics publishes a Logistics Market Snapshot with key Logistics and Supply Chain figures and statistics. Included are several Multimodal, Trucking, Rail, Air, and Ocean Freight Indexes, Industrial Vacancy and Rent Rates and general economic indexes. Please find a few encouraging statistics of this month’s edition below: [click to continue…]

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150-150 3PL EUThis will be the forth year that LogisticsMatter is Media Partner of the eft 3PL Summit and CSCO Forum in Europe and the 12th time it is held in Europe. This year’s venue is the Park Plaza, Amsterdam Airport Hotel. If you want to be up to speed on what is happening in the world of Third Party Logistics, you better block 18-20 November of this year in your calendar. “The 3PL Product you Provide is at a Crossroads – Commoditized Service or Value Added Offering?” is this year’s tagline.  [click to continue…]

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LogiMedWe were Media Partner to the LogiMed Conference in 2013, and are happy to announce that we will be a Media Partner for the 2014 conference as well. We can’t visit all conferences that we partner with, but I have to say that LogiMed was among our favorites last year. I’ve met great people, listened to interesting speakers, had interesting conversations, and had great fun in the evenings as well :-). For those interested you can find my conference write-up here.

This year’s event will take you to the Kempinski Hotel once more, but this year it’s the one in Berlin. [click to continue…]

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Logistics Market Snapshot – August Edition

by Martijn Graat on August 18, 2014

GEORGIA125Each month the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics publishes a Logistics Market Snapshot with key Logistics and Supply Chain figures and statistics. Included are several Multimodal, Trucking, Rail, Air, and Ocean Freight Indexes, Industrial Vacancy and Rent Rates and general economic indexes. Please find a few encouraging statistics of this month’s edition below: [click to continue…]

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SIMSme LogoGetting messages from one person to the other has been the main job of postal companies ever since the Romans started their Cursus Publicus, which was a state-run messaging service established by the Emperor August. Since then mail and messaging has been mainly a state-run thing. It wasn’t until the end of the 20th century, that governments decided to start privatizing the state-run postal companies, to allow them to become more efficiently run corporations. The German government was no exception and privatized the Deutsche Bundespost in 1995. Deutsche Post AG, better known as Deutsche Post DHL, has since become one of the largest logistics companies in the world.

The services of Deutsche Post are all about storing and moving physical goods, parcels and letters, which makes their most recent move a very surprising one.  [click to continue…]

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Logistics and Social Media: YO! Your package has arrived

by Martijn Graat on August 13, 2014

yo-mtv-rapsSocial Media. You can be for it or against it, but it’s safe to say that it is here to stay. Start-ups keep inventing new types and forms, and companies keep inventing new and creative uses for these applications. The total number of social applications is ever growing and moving into ever more new areas of our, both professionally and personally. I first wrote about professional and commercial use of social channels in Logistics in this post in 2011, where I mentioned Con-way’s Tweetload using Twitter to tweet available loads to truck drivers.

Many new channels / applications have emerged since then.  Just a few examples you’ve probably heard of are Instagram, Pinterest, Vine, Snapchat, Quora, and ScoopIt. Next to consumers most are mainly being used by B2C companies for marketing purposes and webcare. There are however an increasing number of companies using social channels for other purposes, like recruiting or communicating information like ETA or shipment status that is normally sent by e-mail or even texting. Other companies use platforms like Yammer or MangoApps as internal enterprise social networks to increase collaboration and engagement. [click to continue…]

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Logistics Market Snapshot – July Edition

by Martijn Graat on July 18, 2014

GEORGIA125Each month the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics publishes a Logistics Market Snapshot with key Logistics and Supply Chain figures and statistics. Included are several Multimodal, Trucking, Rail, Air, and Ocean Freight Indexes, Industrial Vacancy and Rent Rates and general economic indexes. Please find a few encouraging statistics of this month’s edition below: [click to continue…]

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